We will go through the report and complete our discussion of most of it. We cannot adopt the report without discussing it. We may be able to make a satisfactory recommendation on the Senator's point, when we come to it.
I propose that we confine our detailed examination to page 10, which deals with the recommendations. Are page 2, the table of contents; the acknowledgments on page 4; the executive summary on page 5; section 1 dealing with background; section 2 — rural settlements in 21st century Ireland; section 3 — how wastewater treatment systems affect planning; section 4 — a host of problems for wastewater services; and section 5 — concerns from within the industry, agreed to? Agreed.
I will now read the recommendations, on page 10. We must read through these recommendations before we can approve them.
The joint committee recommends that the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government take immediate responsibility for strategy to address the concerns above, and that local authorities police the industry in line with the recommendations set out below. It also recommends that the following steps be taken to remedy agreed problem areas as identified by the industry users:
The EPA code of practice must be published without further delay and incorporated into the building regulations guidance section;
I think that is the crunch issue. Is that agreed? Agreed.
Clear lines of responsibility and liability must be set out for each of the five stages of the on-site sewage treatment and disposal process, together with the provision of enforcement;
An improved site assessors' panel in each local authority area must be established.
This last recommendation deals with Senator Glynn's issue. I propose that we add at this point the words "where the sites are not being assessed by the local authority itself". Is this amendment agreed to? Agreed.